Order number : 17018
Katana in Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : Kyusyu Higo Dotanuki Hyoubu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to regular ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Silver single habaki.
Blade length : 71.21 cm or 28.0inches.
Sori : 2.73 cm or 1.075 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi :2.08 cm or 0.82 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.05 cm or 0.81inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi to Azuchi momoyama era.
Shape : Thre blasde is rather shallow with deep sori and longer kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Itame hada well grained with jinie attach blackish jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki notare and gunome midare hamon mixed.
Special Feature: This sword is forged by a well known swordsmith Dotanuki Hyoubu, It’s famous for Ogami Itto from “Kozure Ookami (Lone Wolf and Cub) ” using the sword by Dotanuki. This school was active from Late Muromachi around Kyusyu Kumamoto.
Saya : Black Isimeji Saya.
Tsuba : Some design is carved with gold color on the iron Tsuba.
Menuki : Brids stitting on the branch is carved on the Shakudo plate.
Fuchikashira : On the copper plate, the surface of the rock is carved with gold color.
From Aoi-Art : Recently Dotanuki’s works are very popular.
Generally Dotanuki’s works are wide and thick, Blackish jigane has wild feeling. But this one has soft feeling and a nice shape.
Even if there are some Kizu on the Ji, in my opinion, the blade itself is fine.
The Koshirae looks Higo style and in very good condition.
NBHTK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.